Saudi Arabia’s assistant defence minister says the bodies of 20 of the 26 soldiers reported missing have been found on the border, raising the toll for the fight against Yemen’s Shiiter rebels to 133.
Prince Khaled bin Sultan told reporters on Saturday that the bodies were found after “liberating” areas around Dokhan mountain, a strategic high point in the rugged border region.
He said six soldiers are still missing.
On Thursday, Saudi Arabia said its army lost 113 troops including Lt. Col. Saeed Matuq al-Omari, a paratrooper and a veteran of the 1991 Gulf War.
Saudi forces launched a sweeping offensive against the rebels after they crossed the border on November 5, killing two Saudi border guards.